Sprint to Launch Own 4G LTE Network in Early 2012
September 27, 2011

The company is already installing LTE equipment, and has been field testing the network in select areas, according to people familiar with the situation. It hopes to launch commercial service by the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second quarter, although the target could move up. It's unclear how many markets would get the service initially. The LTE rollout is part of the company's broader Network Vision plan. With the costs already accounted for in its prior forecast, the LTE network won't require any additional capital investment. The accelerated deployment underscores how critical it is for

6th Ave. Focuses on Smartphones, Tablets
February 14, 2011

As part of its restructuring, 6th Avenue Electronics will expand into smartphones and tablet computing, under a plan that’s been in motion since before CES. The company hopes to begin selling the iPad in March.

Sprint Eyes $11 Billion Savings, to Shut Nextel Network
December 6, 2010

Sprint Nextel S.N promised to save up to $11 billion in the next seven years from a big network restructuring that involves eventually getting rid of the iDen network it bought from Nextel in 2005. Shares of the No. 3 U.S. mobile service rose 6.4 percent as investors bet Sprint would finally unravel the mistakes of its $35 billion Nextel purchase that brought years of headaches including massive customer losses. Sprint, which offers services on three different networks, said on Monday it would spend $5 billion on network equipment from Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson and Samsung Electronics

Inside Consumer Reports' CE Issue
November 28, 2010

Independent CE stores took the highest score in Consumer Reports' annual rankings of top walk-in electronics stores, the magazine reported in its electronics issue, which came out this month.

5 Billion-Dollar Tech Gambles
August 25, 2010

The recession prompted many businesses cut back on risky bets -- but sometimes hitting home runs requires swinging for the fences. Here are 5 pricey gambles.

LightSquared: Investment: 4.7 billion to start

It's incredibly expensive to maintain and support a nationwide wireless network: Verizon spent $17 billion improving its network in 2009, and AT&T spent $19 billion over the past two years on upgrades. Thanks to costs like those, consolidation has been the industry's theme of the past decade, with several blockbuster mergers like Sprint/Nextel and Verizon/Alltel bulking up the space's Goliaths and wiping out its upstarts

New Android Phone From Samsung Coming Next Year
December 22, 2008

The Google-backed Android mobile operating system is expecting to gain a bigger presence next year, now that Samsung has announced that it will bring its first smart phone featuring the platform next summer.

The Other Analog Shutoff
February 19, 2008

Next February’s digital-TV signal shutoff is just under a year away, but another kind of analog signal met its end yesterday. But this shutoff affected a significantly smaller slice of the population. Analog cell phones were largely phased out several years ago, but until Monday, cellular telephones were nevertheless required to provide analog service. As of midnight, they no longer were. According to the FCC Web site set up to deal with the analog cellular sunset, customers receiving service from Sprint/Nextel and T-Mobile are unaffected, as are those who use any digital handset. More likely to be affected, the FCC said, are

The Final 10 Percent
January 1, 2008

There’s a lot that can go wrong between the time a manufacturer finishes making a cell phone and when the dealer receives it, which is a why a lot of them look to a company like Brightpoint. Not a household name, Brightpoint bills itself as the “last mile” in the wireless distribution and supply chain, with a constant focus on driving costs out of the channel by streamlining processes and improving systems. Its roster of clients is a Who’s Who of the wireless industry (basically every carrier you’ve ever heard of, sans Verizon Wireless and AT&T). And now Brightpoint is global. The

10 Companies to Watch
November 1, 2006

New companies in the CE industry pop up everyday, but not everyone brings a fresh new business model to the table, and some names will disappear as quickly as they appeared. But there are those that do succeed and push the industry in new and exciting directions. This month the editors at Dealerscope picked 10 new or emerging companies covering different corners of our market—retail, distribution, and service—we think offer new and interesting concepts and strategies. Time will tell if they have what it takes to become CE superstars, but for now they certainly have a good start. Service provider CE Interactive CEO: Dean